Two different clients--each "sophisticated business people"--bilked out of more than $20,000 each in a similar sublet scam.
Micro-subletting Is Thriving in New York — But Is It Legal? Eric Jaffe Micro-subletting is a pretty good business in New York these days. As the New York Post recently reported, residents throughout the city are “bringing in tens of thousands of dollars” renting out their units or spare rooms...Read more
At least this one isn't a Craigslist scam. A man posing as a cop took advantage of a couple looking for an apartment in the Bronx.
So you want to rent apartment in New York City? Better be careful. NY State Attorney Gen. Schneiderman is warning about Craigslist scams.
The scam artist abscond with thousands of dollars of deposits and first rent payments in this rental scam. One of the victims even euthanized his pet dog...
A renter/victim of a craigslist scammer put his/her dog to sleep when the building with an apartment being "offered" in the scam was said not to allow dogs.
The pair posted online ads and then asked responders to provide personal information, including Social Security numbers. The women then used this information to file more than 250 phony tax returns, obtain bank loans, and credit cards in the victims' names.
The City's Worst Landlords - And Their Terrible Buildings
The real estate agent/broker is disappointed that he won't get to keep his commission. So he's telling the renters that they will have to forfeit it to the 'landlord'. Ha! The landlord isn't going to keep that commission and he knows it.
I filled out the online form and an agent wrote me back almost instantly. Yes, the apartment was available. Just prepay and it’s yours. Sorry, no credit cards. No PayPal, either. I should wire money, including a security deposit, to the owner’s British bank account
Excerpted from Shady Landlord Schemes And How To Fight Back by Christopher Steiner and Maureen Farrell, in Forbes.com Two winters ago Astoria, N.Y., resident Rachel Colley was freezing in her own apartment. Looking to squeeze a few pennies, her landlord refused to crank up the heat. Colley, a senior account...Read more
The most common scam involves legitimate rental offers, which scam artists are doctoring and posting on listing services such as Craigslist for lower rents,
\"He said, \'You were stupid to give me the money.\' He ripped me off,\" said Perez, who has to be out of her current apartment by the end of the month and has no idea where she\'ll get the money for another deposit.
Well, it\'s gone so far that even the New York Post has an article on it. The Camelot, a luxury building on West 45th St is being used by a fake company called \"Ryan & Dalia Rental\" in a Craigslist scam
How about you just tell people what an apartment costs before making them take an hour out of their day to see it? I have had enough of your move-in fees and move-out fees and application fees and background fees and you-might-be-considering-a-pet fees and third-Tuesday-afternoon-of-the-month fees.
Craigslist is so popular that criminals, identity thieves, email spammers and others are exploiting apartment hunters, by listing scam apartment listings. Know the signs, and move on to another listing if you come across one.
More freaky people on Craigslist with rooms for rent looking for you to move into their freaky habitats.
Landlord scams can be avoided by never handing over cash or making a wire transfer to a stranger. If you must make an immediate payment, do it by check.
Craigslist scam. Man posting an apartment for rent on apartments he claimed to own, but didn\'t.
BEWARE OF SCAM On Apt. Rentals! Date: 2009-12-21, 8:56AM EST Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org Some crooks just tried scamming me. They promised the most gorgeous apartment in Manhattan but refused to show the place to my friend unless I wired them some money. Almost fell for it as the ad...Read more